1979 Topps Eckersley

My first piece for this year’s Battle of the Bay Virtual Art Show! Follow¬†@battleofthebayart¬†to see more awesome A’s and Giants themed baseball art created by 28 artists, going on now thru Sunday, June 27!

Inspired by illustrated sports cards and initiatives like Topps’ Project70, I thought I’d try my hand and making my own artist baseball card. From 1988 thru 1992, the most feared reliever in the league was the high leg-kicking, sidearm throwing ace for the Oakland A’s, Dennis Eckersley! I was so amazed at his unique pitching style and how dominant he was in closing out games. Anytime he checked into a game, I felt like the win was a lock. I never thought I’d see a reliever win the MVP and Cy Young Award in the same season – an amazing feat he pulled off in 1992! To celebrate him, here’s my version of a 1979 Topps Dennis Eckersley card!

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Clip Studio Pro (drawing & colors) -> Photoshop (color edits) -> InDesign (layout and text) -> Photoshop (compositing)